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Fire and Water- Week 10

Posted: May 27, 2013 in general

I work with a lot with the Norse couple Loki and Sigyn. Loki is often associated with fire and Sigyn is often seen as a calming influence on him and I associate her with water. Mr. Eclectic and I were trying to come up with a devotional for them that was also attractive. There is a deep windowsill in our bedroom that needed something on it.  We decided to honor them by combining the elements we associate with each of them.



This is what we came up with. Best part of this is most of these pieces came from the dollar store. We got a large glass bowl from the clearance rack at Target. At the dollar store we found two containers of large red water beads and one of small white water beads. In the center of the bowl I put a candle holder with two battery operated LED lights inside, all from the dollar store. I surrounded the holder with the water beads. That green rose in the middle was a gift from from my husband and is actually made of wood. Here is a photo of the bowl with the lights off.


The glow it gives off is beautiful. Depending on if the beads are full of water and the angle it can be a gentle yellow or an amber light. As we lived with it the last couple of weeks we made a few additions.


We scattered fishbowl gems around the sill, added two wineglasses of gems, and moved the green rose. The white rose in front is to honor my nephew who passed away recently. That photo is for him, Mark John.



I’m Sorry

Posted: May 27, 2013 in general

I want to apologize to all my friends here on the world wide web. I has been many, many weeks since I posted here. Life wasn’t particularly kind during April and May has been spent trying to recover from the events. Crafting continued, as a sort of relief or touchstone during it all. Hopefully I will be posting about these over the next couple of weeks.

Crafting has always been a joy of mine. When things get particularly bad it was always a way to find a few minutes of joy. So I ask you to bear with me as a work to get back onto an even keel and normal schedule.

Week 7

Posted: March 4, 2013 in general

I want to offer a sincere apology for these posts being so late. I am several weeks behind on my 52 week challenge. I have been crafting the whole time but life prevented me from posting. A cold, work issues, and a major annual convention have taken over the last few weeks. Today there are going to be three weeks worth of posts put up. Sorry for overwhelming you, but I want to catch up.

This week I wanted to try crocheting with crochet thread.  I have used many types of yarn, but never something as fine and small as thread. I made several size charm bags as well as a pentacle bookmark. I really like the bookmark because it can be worn as a bracelet when not in use in a book. I adapted it from a pattern I found here. I’m still playing with the bag pattern to find one that gets me the size and versatility I want. When I figure out which one works best I’ll let you know.

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Week Six

Posted: February 13, 2013 in general

Sorry this post is so late. I though I had posted this weekend, but I never uploaded it. My bad.


So the project for this week is a goal board for the office. I wanted a visual reminder of the things I want to accomplish. Specifically to break down large long term goals into smaller tasks. It was also important for me to be able to track the goals I have accomplished. Crossing things off the to-do list has always been a good feeling and I love looking at the list grow smaller.

Everything I used was laying around the house already so the cost for this was $0. I covered a piece of foam board with wrapping paper. Then I put a piece of card stock on the top for a title area. I had a few pieces of leftover jewelry wire that I cut into smaller pieces. Using my jewelry pliers I curled the end, then inserted them into the foam board. I put one straight line of pins at the bottom of the board and sectioned it off with a ribbon for the finished tasks.

I had picked up a small pail from the dollar bin at Target to hold crafting supplies.  I hung it next to the board for a pen and the card stock tags I cut out. Now when either I or my hubby get a new goal we simply write it on a tag and put it on the board. I can’t wait to finish one and move it down to the finished area.


Week 2

Posted: January 14, 2013 in general
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I had a few projects I was working on this week. The one I’m sharing today is a quick and easy journal. Just a warning, I have a lot of photos for this one.

First I gathered my supplies.


I’m using metallic origami paper, a grungebook pack from idea-ology, electrical tape, plain card stock, and red star sequins (not in the photo). You’ll also need glue, scissors, and a hole punch.

Next I used the electrical tape to attach one of the pieces of origami paper to my cover. I didn’t worry about the holes yet. I’ll fix them later.


Then I cut designs into a second piece of origami paper. I used the same technique for cutting snowflakes. After the design was cut out I drew a few designs on the back of the paper. Because of the type of paper those drawings will appear as a raised design on the finished project. Once I was happy with the look I glued it down.


It looked at little unfinished so I applied another layer of tape to act as a frame. Then I added one more finishing touch, the star sequins. Not sure how well those details will show up in the picture, but I like the subtle effect they give.


After that I had to assemble the pages and back cover. I didn’t want to use the grungeboard pages as the whole interior because I have another project in mind for those. I cut plain white card stock to size for the interior. This is going to be a sketchbook/ journal and I wanted to be free to create anything in the pages. I did use one for the back cover. I left it blank because I really like the texture of the grunge board.


This us the point where I used my hole punch to put the holes in the cover and pages at once. Then I assembled it using the binder rings from the kit.


There are a few things I’d like to do different next time but not bad for a quick and easy little book.

52 Weeks of Creation

Posted: January 4, 2013 in general

As I look back on the past year there are a few things that stand out to me. I have been so blessed this year. I have a steady full time job doing work that is fulfilling and I am passionate about. We have moved into our first home. Mr. Eclectic even got a promotion at his job. In total 2012 was a good year to be eclectic.

There was one thing I was missing though. I missed being creative. I got so busy with work, and moving, and family that I let my creative side take a back seat. There were few projects that I completed during this past year. This is something that I plan to rectify in 2013. I am going to challenge myself to finish and post about a different project each week. I know that this is going to be a challenge for me since deadlines are usually better when opposed from an outside source. But I defiantly plan to try. My first post should actually be up later tonight. Here is to a creative 2013!

One Year On

Posted: September 24, 2012 in general, personal
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One year ago today I was being primped and dressed to become a wife. Apparently my fantastic husband wanted to make it a tradition because he sent me to a spa for our anniversary. Even after one year of marriage, four of being together, and eight of being friends I still get giddy when I think about him. He is loving, romantic, funny, caring, and so much more. The future ahead looks wonderful with him by my side.
His anniversary gift from me was a roll top desk. He’s a writer and has always loved those old fashioned writring desks. I managed to find one on Craig’s list for only $35. My mother-in-law and I managed to clean it up and hide the few little wear marks with furniture markers. The roll top itself was starting to seperate from the pull bar. I fixed that with some e6000 jewlery glue I had on hand.I floored him when he saw it. Now he is helping figure out how to disguise the only real flaw. The previous owner tried to reattach the backing with a large screw and knocked off a 3″ chunk of wood in the back of where his legs go. We’re not sure which method would work best. We’re leaning towards wood putty.

What a Life

Posted: September 9, 2012 in general

Hi to everyone out there. Welcome to the home for my eclectic life. Right now I am at such an exciting time of my life with things happening in every direction that I wanted to have one place to gather it together and share. Get ready for a combo of writing and crafting, personal and more.